Duty to report contamination

The information on this page will help landowners and other parties responsible for land contamination decide if they must report the contamination to the EPA.

If your activities have caused land contamination, or you own land that is contaminated, you have a legal duty under section 60 of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 to notify the EPA.

The Guidelines on the Duty to Report Contamination under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (PDF 412KB)

  • explain when a duty to report contamination arises, based on the levels of contaminants present in the land and other related factors
  • describe the steps you need to take to decide whether you should report contamination to the EPA, using a step by step flowchart (in Appendix 1)
  • provide advice on engaging a contaminated land consultant
  • indicate situations not intended to be captured by the duty to report
  • discuss examples of typical contamination situations where the duty to report may arise
  • set out the consequences of failing to report contamination when required, including risking prosecution and the penalty amounts that apply
  • outline how the EPA decides whether the contamination is significant enough to warrant regulation, and what actions the EPA may take

Reporting land contamination

To report land contamination to the EPA

Note: As the new contaminated land notification form is now available, reports on the old form will be only be accepted until  March 31, 2018. From 1 April 2018, all reports of land contamination must be made using the new form.

The EPA publishes a List of NSW contaminated sites notified to the EPA, which indicates that the notifier considers that the site is contaminated and warrants reporting to the EPA. 

For more information or advice, phone Environment Line on 131 555.

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